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Benefits

Universal Credit

Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith has announced that Universal Credit will be rolled out to all Jobcentres and local authorities across the country from early 2015.
This will be for new claims from single jobseekers.

Update: Recent press releases suggest that UC will be rolled out to one in three jobcentres by Spring 2015 rather than all jobcentres as was previously announced.

Cap on welfare spending

Total welfare spending, excluding the State Retirement Pension and some unemployment benefits including Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit for Jobseekers, will be capped for 2015/16 at £119.5bn.

If more spending is required on one area of welfare, cuts will have to be made elsewhere in the welfare budget, to stay within the overall cap.

Grants

Charity of the Month

Turn2us Charity of the Month: The Fashion & Textiles Children's Trust

The Six Point Foundation

27 January is International Holocaust Day and this year will mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

Six Point Foundation, one the charities on the Turn2us Grants Search, makes grants to provide Holocaust survivors and refugees of Jewish origin, who are resident in the UK and who face difficult financial circumstances, with extra support so that they can live a better life.

Read the Six Pint Foundation's profile on the Turn2us Grants Search

General

My Money Steps online debt tool

We’ve partnered with Money Advice Trust to link our Benefits Calculator with their My Money Steps tool.

Visitors to our Benefits Calculator will be able to carry across their information to quickly, easily and securely find the support they could receive without the need to enter the same data twice. The tool is available on the results page of the Turn2us Benefits Calculator.

We’re constantly looking for new methods to help as many people as possible, and with this new partnership with Money Advice Trust we can help people access vital debt advice while also ensuring they know what benefits they could be eligible to receive.  

"This innovation enables a more seamless user journey between the two tools, with data transfer meaning that users will only have to input their information once. Given the important link between effective debt advice and income maximisation, this move will ensure that more users of both services get the full advice they need to get on top of their finances." Joanna Elson, Chief Executive at Money Advice Trust
 
Date of publication: January 2015